An adults-only stand-up comedy show combining the humour and horror of parasites and other micro-organisms is among the highlights of Lake Macquarie’s STEAM Week 2019.

Following sell-out gigs at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, comedian and health practitioner Alanta Colley will bring her Parasites Lost to the Lake Mac Centre for Performing Arts for two shows on Friday August 9.

They will kick off a week of activities focusing on the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths) theme.

Alanta Colley Parasites Lost

Council’s Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said other STEAM Week events and activities included coding workshops, star-gazing sessions and interactive science shows.

“The interest we’ve already had in these activities shows how passionate people of all ages are in STEAM Week’s core ideas,” Ms Hemsley said.

Colley’s show is based on her experience travelling the globe, delivering health education to remote communities and learning first-hand about some of the world’s least-pleasant parasites.

It is described as “equal parts scientific, entertaining and comedic”.

Tickets for both the 6pm and 9pm Parasites Lost shows are $15 and available at

Elsewhere in the program, a Lake Mac STEAM Family Day on Saturday 10 August at Speers Point Park will include science shows, painting workshops and a Science on the Big Screen evening featuring films from the SCINEMA International Science Film Festival.

Bookings to all activities are essential. Go to for more information.